Whistleblower Complaint Leads to Investigation of ICE Forced Sterilization Claims

Lasalle Corrections’ Website Boasts of Offering a Broad Spectrum of Correctional Services, Which Allegedly, May Include Ethnic Cleansing through Forced Sterilization

Recently, Project South along a coalition of other nonprofit organizations filed a whistleblower complaint on behalf of former ICDC nurse, Dawn Wooten, alleging that  Irwin County Detention Center, situated an hour south of Atlanta in Ocilla, Georgia, is conscripting detained immigrant women to undergo what are often unnecessary and/or non-consensual hysterectomies. Some of the women are of child-bearing age and are now sterilized due to non-voluntary participation in an irreversible procedure.

Unfortunately, while shocking, this practice of the forced sterilization of non-white women has deep roots in this country. Historically, women of color were the target of forced or coerced sterilization, with proponents reasoning that such extreme measures were necessary in order to slowly and permanently eradicate what Justice Oliver Wendell Homles, Jr. deemed as “those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind.”  In Buck v. Bell (1927), a Supreme court case upholding a Virginia law that authorized forced, non-consensual sterilization, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. perfectly encapsulated the pervasive ethos of racial supremacy when he stated: “It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes. Jacobson v. Massachusetts, 197 U. S. 11, 25 S. Ct. 358, 49 L. Ed. 643, 3 Ann. Cas. 765. Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

The New York Times is now confirming these reports with interviews with 16 of the female victims, all performed by the same doctor in the nearby town of Douglas, Georgia. The Times reported that at least one lawyer brought complaints about the gynecological care to officials at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. After additional review of the medical files by physcians, the Times reported that “Dr. Amin seemed to consistently recommend surgical intervention, even when it did not seem medically necessary at the time and nonsurgical treatment options were available.” The same doctor was also named in a civil case from 2013 that alleged he had overbilled Medicare and Medicaid by “performing unnecessary procedures on terminal patients and leaving the emergency room staffed by nurses while billing for diagnoses and treatments as if they had been performed by doctors.”

I have written many times about the inhumane practices at private prisons, funded by taxpayer money, our money, whose main objective is reducing costs to maximize profits.

No one is advocating that these detainees are housed at the Ritz, but at the very least we can all agree that their treatment be humane. They crossed the border without authorization, a crime akin to reckless driving, which after a statutory period becomes a civil offense. Some of the detainees have bona fide asylum claims. These individuals made a long dangerous journey to come to America, escaping inexplicable conditions in their home country because of their ideal that America embodies just and benevolent principles. This is not a political issue, this is a human issue. There are many who have touted the value of life as per their religious beliefs in support of certain policies. It is now time for you to speak, requesting a thorough investigation of these charges given the horrifying nature of the allegations.

Read the whistleblower complaint and then sign the petition: Stand against the Forced Sterilization of Immigrants detained in the Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) and demand an investigation. You can also contact your elected representatives to ask them to prioritize medical care and humane treatment of detained immigrants. 

This is not a political issue, this is a human issue.